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Bigger is better, at least in the Redskins draft room


Bigger is better, at least in the Redskins draft room

Ends up bigger is better, at least that's the notion coming from the Redskins war room. Through two days and three rounds of the NFL Draft, 'Skins GM Scot McCloughan has made good on his promise to build a bigger, stronger roster.

In the first round Washington selected Brandon Scherff, a tackle from the University of Iowa. While most projections pegged Scherff to go inside the Top 10, some were surprised McCloughan tabbed Scherff at five while USC's Leonard Williams was still on the board. What is known about Scherff is toughness, and what is obvious is size. At 6'5", 320 lbs., Scherff immediately becomes the biggest guard on the Redskins roster, and ranks between Trent Williams and Morgan Moses as the biggest tackle on the roster. McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden talked about a hard nosed run game, and Scherff should immediately step in and help that cause.

Friday night, McCloughan made two more picks, and one trade. Throughout the run up to the draft process, the GM made clear his desire for 10 picks, and by trading down 26 spots in the third round with Seattle, he accomplished his 10 pick goal. The trade came after the selection of Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith in the second round.


Where Smith will play in the 'Skins 3-4 defense may still be up for debate, it looks like outside linebacker, but one thing is certain: Smith is another mountain of a man. Listed at 6'5" and 270 lbs., Smith immediately becomes the biggest linebacker on the Redskins roster, outweighing last year's second round pick Trent Murphy by 10 pounds. And Gruden said the team might like to see Smith put on more weight. 

"We feel like he’s still a young kid, growing, and there’s still a lot we can build upon with his body frame with the way it is," Gruden said Friday night. "Very long arms, he’s an explosive player."

Sure, Smith is huge, but he will not tower over other players in his position group. But guess who will: Redskins third round pick Matt Jones. A running back out of Florida, Jones is 6'2" and 235 lbs. and known for his tenacity as a pass blocker and downhill run style. Of the current backs on the 'Skins roster, none are taller than 5'10", though incumbent starter Alfred Morris packs 225 lbs. on his 5' 10" frame. Still, Washington sorely needs a back strong in pass protection, and Jones can provide that day one.

"We liked his attitude. We liked what he knew about football and his passion for the game and his running style," Gruden said of Jones. "He’s a little bit different than what we’ve had around here. He’s a downhill, smash-mouth type runner. He’s a physical kid."

Picking up on a trend here? Through three picks McCloughan is committed to making the Redskins bigger and more physical, quite a departure from the zone-blocking speed schemes of the Shanahan era. And with seven picks left on Saturday, expect more braun to head to Redskins Park. 

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 


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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA


Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA